Friday, June 27, 2008

Fox News slammed over "Obama's baby mama" jibe

Just 48 hours after being forced to demote an anchor for describing an Obama hand gesture as a "terrorist fist jab", Fox News has jumped right back into the fray, this time drawing outrage with a racist reference to the Democratic nominee's wife.

During an interview with conservative commentator Michelle Malkin on a Republican video attacking Michelle Obama, the network repeatedly flashed up a graphic describing the prospective first lady as "Obama's baby mama".

Fox has since attempted to dampen the uproar, saying in a statement to Politico that the producer involved exercised "poor judgment". Now that's got to be a contender for understatement of the year...

Politico cites a Fox staffer as saying that others internally were bothered by the use of the offensive epithet - derogatory hip-hop slang for "the mother of your child(ren), whom you did not marry and with whom you are not currently involved", according to the Urban Dictionary.

Malkin, a paid Fox News contributor, defends the use of the term by noting that Michelle once referred to Obama as her "baby's daddy." Not quite the same thing, but nice try.

Watch the video below:

Special Thanks to The Times Online

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